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MEDIA RELEASE

 

BOB McMULLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, FINANCE AND THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

 

For immediate release, Wednesday 30 September

 

HOWARD DOESN’T BELIEVE HIS MPs - HOW CAN YOU?

 

Opposition frontbencher Bob McMullan today ch allenged Liberal and National backbenchers who have spoken out against selling Telstra to say how they would vote if full privatisation legislation comes before Parliament.

 

Mr McMullan said the Prime Minister, John Howard, has made it clear he just does not believe rebel Coalition backbenchers and candidates will vote against the full sale of Telstra despite their public attacks on the Government’s sell-off plan.

 

“Mr Howard made it clear that so-called Telstra rebels on the Government backbench will fall into line if he is re-elected,” Mr McMullan said. “He’s saying their protests against the sale cannot be taken seriously.”

 

Mr McMullan issued his challenge to:

• Deanne Kelly — Member for Dawson

• Paul Marek — Member for Capricornia

• Bob Katter — Member for Kennedy

• Paul Neville — Member for Hinkler

• Alby Schultz — Liberal candidate for Hume.

 

“Electors are entitled to ask if they should trust these people’s public comments when the Prime Minister clearly doesn’t,” Mr McMullan said.

 

Transcript of John Howard, ABC Radio National AM, Wednesday 30 September:

 

REPORTER:

 

A quick question on Telstra. Alby Schultz is the latest of your back benchers to say he’d vote against full privatisation on Telstra. Will you get this through if you are re-elected even amongst your own members in the Lower house?

 

HOWARD:

 

Well, Matt, the real crunch with these sorts of things has always been when we’ve had votes. And in the past when we’ve had a vote on Telstra, when the votes of all Coalition people have been needed to get it through, they’ve always been available. And that ultimately is the test. And when you remember last year, no not last year, a few months ago, when the legislation was defeated on the vote of Senator Colston, em, despite what people predicted, all the members of the Coalition, from Queensland and all the other states, voted in favour of the Government’s position. And I have absolutely no doubt that come any vote in Parliament, that will be the same in both houses.

 

More information: Mike Roberts (02) 6273 2299

 

 

 

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